December 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014: Issue 143

2013 in Pittwater - A Year in Pictures

January 

Adrian Curlewis - Twilight Masters Carnival and Open Carnival - Palm Beach SLSC 

ArtSpot Exhibition 

 Pittwater to Coffs Ocean Race

February 

Avalon Soccer Club Members Raising Funds for  Vanuatu Visitors Tour by washing....cars.

Birdland Adventures - Wetlands and their verges

Sailability Pittwater - late Summer fun 

 NRL Stars Descend on Hitchcock Park to raise funds for the Sunnyfield Association

March 

 RPAYC Club Marine Sail Expo

Adrenalin Grom Comp. 

April 

Newport SLSC Launch the Surf Racing Academy 

Southern Cross Wildlife Care Fundraiser at 'Coomalong' - Bayview 

Kimbriki recycled Ned Kelly art exhorts all to do the same - recycle! 

Anzac Day in Pittwater 

May 

 Mona Vale Hospital -NO land being sold off community assured

 Mothers Day 2013 - Flower Panels

Duck Bath ! - littlies loved this one 

Songs for Soibada III 

June 

Sorry Day 2013 

RMYC Marine Art Exhibition 

No Amalgamation of Councils! 

Sunset Ceremony - Avalon Tattoo 

 NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THREE NORTHERN SYDNEY NATIONAL PARKS - Monday, 3 June 2013, Media Release from Robyn PArker MP - Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage

New mountain biking tracks, camping and tourism opportunities are some of the exciting options being proposed in plans now on exhibition for Garigal, Ku-ring-gai Chase and Marramarra National Parks. Environment Minister Robyn Parker today called for people to have their say on the proposed changes, saying they are part of the government’s commitment to provide more opportunities for people to enjoy national parks and reserves. “There is increasing demand for new and exciting experiences in our national parks, such as opportunities to mountain bike or camp in selected areas,” Ms Parker said. “The first priority in introducing new opportunities is to ensure we can protect the environment and the cultural values of the parks. 

“Mountain biking is a rapidly growing, widespread recreational activity in NSW and there is high demand for this recreational activity in our national parks. The proposed 6.5 km, one-way cross-country mountain biking track at Bantry Bay in Garigal National Park, would be designed to provide a sustainable experience, while minimising environmental impacts.

The proposed amendments would also facilitate the reintroduction of camping at Twin Beaches in Marramarra National Park to cater for those wanting a more natural, low impact bush experience close to Sydney, Ms Parker announced. “There is also a proposal in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to open up opportunities for Barrenjoey Headland and light house buildings to be leased or hired for a variety of uses such as accommodation and hospitality."...

July

Avalon Active Seniors Art Show 2013 

Winter in Pittwater

The Barrenjoey Rally 

August 
NSW GOVERNMENT REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO BARRENJOEY’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND HERITAGE VALUES - Wednesday, 7 August 2013- Media Release 

Environment and Heritage Minister Robyn Parker today visited Barrenjoey Headland to reaffirm there will be no large scale development of the headland under changes to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park plan of management. Ms Parker, who was joined by Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, said there would be no fast food outlets, conference facilities, souvenir shops or new commercial buildings at the top of the headland, apartments, resorts or public roads.  “The NSW Government is committed to retaining Barrenjoey’s character, heritage buildings and natural environment,” Ms Parker said. “There will be no commercial developments of new buildings on the top of the headland and the community will continue to enjoy the scenic views, walk the trails and have access to tours of the headland and lighthouse.  “The NPWS has received 170 submissions on the draft amendments to the plan and we will continue to listen to the community about the future of this special location. 

Birdsong Lovesongs as we headed into Spring 

Surf Life Saving late Winter Training on Jet Skis 

September 

Youth Leading the Way Environment Conference at Narrabeen - CEC 

RPAYC Opening of the 2013 Sailing Season 

Avalon SLSC Renovations Progressing - first floor slab poured

Kenya Care Wear Launched

 BL's Blast Off 2013

Barrenjoey Headland Bushfire - image courtesy Tumbledown Dick 1 

October 

Avalon Beach RSL Fishing Club Wins three way Comp

 Avalon Beach Historical Society 8th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition - Geoff Searl

New Palliative Care Wing opened at Cora Adcock FAcility - Mona Vale Hospital 

Whale Beach SLSC - Offical Opening of Newly Renovated Clubhouse and 75th Year Celebrations 

Barrenjoey Rises - Phoenix Landscape 

Lion Island Challenge 2013 

RMYC Broken Bay Opening of 87th Boating Season 

November 

Avalon Sailing Club celebrates 75 Years 

Palm Beach Sailing Club's Beware the Bullets Regatta 

Remembrance Day Service at Avalon Beach RSL Club 

Pittwater Council's Coastal Ambassador Program wins State Award 

December 

Warriewood Launches the Allan Collins Surf Boat - and hosts Round Three of 2013 SLSSNB Boat Premiership

NBI Inaugural Long Service Awards as part of Annual AGM 

Dr Howard Ralph - Southern Cross Wildlife Care Awarded NSW 2013 Senior Volunteer of the Year 

 Christmas Carols at Mona Vale, Whale Beach, Narrabeen, Palm Beach, Newport

Pictures by A J Guesdon, 2013.